Australia v Bangladesh, Group A, World Twenty20, Barbados May 5, 2010

Clarke wary of India's spin

Cricinfo staff

Australia's batsmen have got until Friday to perfect a plan to deal with India's spinners after they overcame a scare against Bangladesh to reach the Super Eights. Michael Clarke's side was 65 for 6 before scrambling to 141 for 7 on the way to a 27-run victory.

The next challenge is India in Barbados and the batsmen will face another stern examination from their high quality slow men. "Spin bowling is going to play a big part in this tournament, whether that's how you face spin or you bowl spin," Clarke said.

"India have got some good spin bowlers, Harbhajan [Singh] is one of the best in the world, so we're going to have to work out a plan against him and back ourselves at that. Every player in our team plays spin bowling differently, you need to be confident with your plan and stick to that."

Australia won both their group games to move into the second round and Clarke said the result that sent Bangladesh from the tournament was satisfying. They relied on an unbeaten 47 from Michael Hussey before Dirk Nannes produced a career-best 4 for 18 as Bangladesh fell for 114.

"Our top order obviously didn't perform as well as we'd like," Clarke said. "The conditions were a lot different to St Lucia, we probably didn't adapt as well as we'd like. But to scrape our way to 140, Huss played a wonderful innings as he always seems to do when we're under pressure, and young Steve Smith batted really well.

"Our execution with the ball was spot on. I think these conditions are really going to help our fast bowlers, there was a lot of pace and bounce in that wicket. There was also a little bit of spin as well."

Clarke said the top-order batsmen should have tried to build more partnerships as the wickets fell quickly. "But in this form of the game it's hard, you're trying to score runs from every ball you face and you're disappointed when you don't," he said. "It comes at a cost when you bat like that, you take risks and sometimes it doesn't pay off.

Mitchell Johnson missed the match with an elbow infection but Clarke is hopeful he will be fit for the India game. "He was certainly improving this [Wednesday] morning," he said. "Mitch is a huge part of our team with both bat and ball, hopefully he is fit."

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  • Suj on May 8, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    what a fantabulous set-up that was by Michael Clarke !!! Totally rubbished all the spinners except Harbajan

  • Dave on May 7, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Have a seat lads, grab a fork, and dig in. That`s pie for dinner, of the humble variety.

  • Reza on May 7, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Some of the indians has grown a habit of calling others ordinary. Started with Sehwag who has the lowest average against Bangladesh still calling them ordinary . Then Gambhir calling Rajasthan Royals ordinary who were champion of first IPL on the other hand his DD never made it to final forget about champion. Now the virus has spread into their supporters. I see here and there they are calling other teams ordinary. wow... thats very good practice of indian style learning. Starting from their star and now their fans ... great going guys... keep it up..

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  • sarah on May 7, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    i think australia will teach india how to play short balls. raina will score a duck and will prove his weakness.pitch will help australia score a lot more runs and make ind vulnerable.aus should replace clarke and put someone like huss in top order. clarke seems useloss. how long will he go?

  • Michael on May 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    most of what everyone has said is spot on. symonds however will never play for australia again, as much as he probably would be our best t20, and possibly 1 day player. i'd like to see india and australia (and others) pick squads of 13 and play best of 3 in each format. some of the blokes who go ok in t20 would be useless in other formats. the blokes who i rate do it in all formats, and both sides have some. but this is a t20 tournament, so come on australia, let's get the one trophy we have yet to get.

  • Senthil on May 7, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    From what I have seen, pacy bouncy pitches make the pacy bouncy bowlers overdo their stuff and get it all wrong. If Indian spinners get bounce they will be deadly. If Zaheer and Nehra find their spots, they could be a handful. India's batting may be tested a bit, because of new conditions, but Australia should not get carried away with the short stuff against India. It only takes two of their batsmen to click to put away any team.

  • Rajesh on May 7, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    India should not make the mistake of playing three spinners. We already have Yusuf, Yuvraj, and Raina who can bowl if the wicket turn out to be assisting spin. Why do we need all of Bhajji, Jadeja, Chawla, Yusuf in the same eleven. There were mistakes in the team selection. But what we have got now, it will be better to play Rohit Sharma and another pace bowler.

  • sudipta on May 7, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    assuies are pretty strong in every format,that's clear. But the main thing is that india have to utilise its strength to its uptimum if they have to win the game.Their strength is batting and they need to have a good platfrom form from the begning and the middle order has to play a big role,specially dhoni and yousuf. Then they sould make their spin as their best weapon today to bind the assuies if they to look for a victory here.All the best india.

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